Our church services

 

Live services at St John's

We are holding live communion services in church at 10am every Sunday.   We hope to reintroduce other live services soon, and have already agreed to start 8am said communion services on Sundays starting on 30 May .

 

Booking is essential for Sunday communion services, so please 

  • email servicebookings@stjohnbelmont.org.uk by the previous Thursday

  • give the date of the service you want to attend

  • list everyone in your family, household or bubble who will be coming, so that you can sit together.

Our churchwarden Eleanor Pinfold will then be able to arrange seating.

And please read the safety arrangements for coming to services below.  We've agreed them in accordance with our Safety Officer's risk assessment.

 

  1. When arriving at the church, if there are several people ahead please queue in the car park and wait to be invited in.

  2. You must wear your face mask at all times.

  3. You must observe adequate social distancing at all times.

  4. Inner and outer porch doors will remain open during the service to improve or maintain ventilation.

  5. Each church entrance will have a table for hand sanitizing, and your name and telephone number will be taken to allow tracing if anyone becomes infected within fourteen days of the service.  If you have a smart phone and have downloaded the NHS track and trace app you can instead log in from the NHS poster at the entrance.

  6. If you haven't been to the service before please take a pack from the table at the back of church which contains the service sheet, the communion protocol and these instructions.  PLEASE KEEP THEM ALL AND USE THEM NEXT TIME YOU COME TO THE SERVICE.

  7. Collection bowls will be at the back of church but will not be taken up to the celebrant and will remain in place until the end of the service.

  8. The churchwarden or a sidesperson will direct you to a seat, which may not be one you usually use.  Some pews are cordoned off for social distancing.

  9. We are using the front pews before the back ones so that there is less crossing over in the main aisle.

  10. Once seated please remain until directed to take communion.

  11. There will be no singing but please do respond behind your mask to the service as usual.

  12. Any reader will read from the back of the church.

  13. At communion time a sidesperson will direct you from your pew, and there will be sanitizer stations at either side of the central aisle - PLEASE USE THEM before taking communion.  Do make sure while waiting that you remain in a single line and maintain social distancing.

  14. Communion will take place on the steps of the chancel.

  15. The celebrant will drop the Bread (no Wine) into the hand of the communicant who will then step to one side and eat the Bread by partially removing their face mask in any way they think fit and then replacing it and returning to their seat via the side aisles, making sure that one person does not cross over another. 

  16. At the end of the service the celebrant will walk to the back of the church and all those attending, starting with those at the back, will make their way out without stopping to chat.

  17. The church will then be closed until the following Sunday.

Eleanor Pinfold, Churchwarden

September 2020, with minor revisions.